West Midlands Sexual Disease rise

The Birmingham Post has reported there has been a 0.7% rise in the number of people struck with a sexual disease in the West Midlands, exceeding the national average 0.5% rise; West Midlands sexual disease figures above national average.

Gay men and young people are most at risk although the results vary with cases of herpes herpes in the West Midlands increasing 14 per cent in the past year, and 47 per cent over the past five years while there has been a fall in cases of gonorrhoea and syphilis, reduced by 11 and 17 per cent respectively in a year.

Victoria Sheard, from Terrence Higgins Trust in the West Midlands, said: “It’s good that rates of gonorrhoea have dropped overall, but STIs are still rising in some groups, notably gay men. http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2009/07/27/west-midlands-sexual-disease-figures-above-national-average-65233-24245800/

Further information and advice can be found at:
Healthy Gay Life - www.hgl.nhs.uk

Sexual Health Birmingham - http://www.sexualhealthbirmingham.co.uk/


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